We suggest to keeping reading about each club and understand what kind of scheduling spots they have ahead which could help or hinder them.
If there is a situation which epitomizes what the San Francisco Giants are all about it is it is Brandon Belt and Michael Morse. The first baseman was off to a good start for the Giants before getting hit on the wrist with a pitch which sent him to the DL. Take away any team’s batter who fills the No. 3 slot in the batting order and the offense suffers unless others step up.
Enter Morse, a pretty good player who has spent a lot of time injured before coming to the Bay Area. He immediately liked the team atmosphere and bought into what manager Bruce Boche preaches about playing hard every day and the 32-year outfielder has elevated his game and leads the Giants in home runs and rbi’s. This is the essence of “Boche Ball”, no excuses just results, which is why San Fran is in first place.
The Giants will be tested with a seven-game road trip to St. Louis and Cincinnati before coming home and trying to improve on a 19-9 (+7.4) record at AT&T Park versus the Mets, Washington and Colorado.
Are the Dodgers starting to get it? That is what MLB baseball handicappers and those scanning the daily betting odds are beginning to wonder. L.A. has won six of eight and receiving more vast contributions from different players. Andre Either started two games in 11 days, but kept his mouth shut and once Don Mattingly could not stomach the disinterested showings of Matt Kemp, Either went to centerfield and immediately was a force with his bat and glove.
This is what Mattingly needs, a team willing to place their own agendas to the side for the good of the club and if this happens, Los Angeles will begin to meet preseason expectations.
The winning could continue with Pittsburgh and the White Sox in town, before heading to Colorado and Cincy for seven total encounters.
A quick perusal of the NL betting statistics finds Colorado at the top of the list in everything except triples. The Rockies have a potent offense scoring over five runs a game.
Colorado, like most teams has suffered their share of adversity and having Carlos Gonzalez in and out of the lineup with swollen fingers and Gold Glove and improved hitter Nolan Arenado on the shelf with a busted middle finger on his left hand, will test this team’s mettle.
It is a given those making MLB picks are likely to back the Rocks at Coors Field (16-7, +7.2) and avoid and play against them on the road (12-18, -4.4).
Colorado finishes up their nine-game road trip in Cleveland this weekend, before heading to take on Arizona, the Dodgers and Atlanta to keep beating the MLB odds.
Let’s do a little speculating. The Padres have the worst offense in baseball, averaging 3.2 runs per game yet they 24-30 (-6.9), which given how infrequently they score, the record is not all that bad.
With Carlos Quentin back, he adds some powerful lumber and if Chase Headley and Jedd Gyorko can bust out of their season-long slumps and start hitting like they are capable, if San Diego can average a half run more a game over the next month, given their pitching prowess, they could rise to positive numbers against the sportsbooks.
If they can avoid slugfests with the White Sox in Chicago this weekend they could win that series. Next up will be home series with Pittsburgh and Washington, whom the Pads can certainly compete with.
The D-Backs swiftly fell to become the worst team in run differential this season and despite being 13-11 in May, they still are last the majors in this category by more than 20 runs compared to Houston who is 29th.
This points to a team with very little starting pitching (next to last in ERA) and offense which fails to reach four runs a game (3.93).
Arizona will be home nine of their next 12 contests which is not good news with their 8-19 record (-13). Those three away adventures will be in Colorado and given the D-Backs pitchers, they might feel they have been there a week.